A “Stirring” Spring


Photo: DC Brau

No surprise at the unique libations coming out of DC Area distilleries, bars, and restaurants

NEW:  Brewvana 
Brewvana's core products are brewing kits with live online classes and beer party boxes with a virtual twist. They are offering a Virtual Cinco de Mayo experience, a curated box of 6 craft beers and all the trappings of a Cinco de Mayo party will be sent directly to your doorstep with enough beer and food to share with a friend. brewvana.com

Capitol Hill Fight Club
Capitol Hill’s Fight Club is offering happy hour which features a menu centered around boozy punches on draft from beverage director Mackenzie Conway in addition to select wines by the glass and beer served in a solo cup. Cocktails include the Im-Polite-Castro with bourbon, pineapple, falernum, lemon, simple, and bitters; the Sadboyz Tea featuring vodka, early grey and passion fruit teas, mint syrup, and light bubbles, and more. 623 Pennsylvania Avenue SE; 202.733.1384; fightclubdc.com

Cocktail Curations
Cocktail Curations creates cocktail bases with fresh, natural ingredients in small batches so that you can create cocktails with ease. Using balanced flavors with natural fruits, vegetables, citrus peels, teas, herbs, barks, and spices, Cocktail Curation bases are meant to enhance your beverage experience by adding flavor while allowing the spirit to shine or providing depth to a zero-proof beverage. Each Cocktail Curations base is paired with our hand-crafted garnishes for the finishing touch. We include an array of recipes, based from zero proof to boozy cocktail preferences, to allows you to customize your cocktails based on your drinking style. Examples of bases include the Sakura Blooms cocktail base with cherry blossoms, lychees, yuzu and dragon fruit.

Colada Shop
Chef Mario Monte and the team at Colada Shop have launched a new spring menu featuring very light and floral drinks with some Japanese twists and additions.  Guests can indulge in original libations like the Sorrel del Caribe, made with Bacardi black, cherry syrup, lime juice and Velvet Falernum; and Umeshu a lo Cubano, made with Bacardi Gold rum, Umeshu wine, lemongrass-cardamon syrup, and lemon bitters. 10 Pearl Street SW; 202.932.2980; coladashop.com

Dawson’s has introduced a new wine club with specially curated wines from around the world.  Choose from a 4 bottle or 2 bottle package.  Wines are selected each month with a special theme based on region, varietal, growing method, or season.  All members will have access to live and recorded wine videos featuring the selected wines. 225 N. Washington Street, Rockville, MD; 240.428.1386;

NEW:  DC Brau 
Dc Brau is celebrating their 10th anniversary and the brewery is paying tribute to its inaugural beer with a special series of The Public. Each month, the brew team will experiment with the original recipe, substituting the singular hop variety from month to month throughout the year. Special recipe packs will be identified with special red pack tops that boast a QR code that leads customers to a landing page on the brewery’s website featuring more information about that month’s featured hop, tasting notes, and more. The first brew of the special Public 10 Year series features Amarillo hops. 3178 Bladensburg Road NE suite b; 202.621.8890; dcbrau.com

Equinox has been handcrafting syrups and shrubs for their fresh, seasonal cocktails. Their drink offerings include the Dust Devil, with Montelobos mezcal, lemon juice, passion fruit, black tea and burnt aromatic rosemary, and more. 818 Connecticut Avenue NW;

Guac on the Rock
Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson and his ultra-premium small batch tequila, Teremana, have launched "Guac on the Rock", an initiative to encourage people around the country to go and support their local restaurants. From May 1st through May 5th, Johnson's Teremana will reimburse restaurant goers for their guac, up to $1,000,000 of guac, when they purchase guacamole with any Teremana Tequila cocktail. The initiative, aimed at encouraging people to dine out however they feel most comfortable - dining inside or outside at the restaurant or for take-out, will help spur consumer confidence and generate millions of dollars of additional revenue and tips for restaurants and its servers hard-hit by the pandemic. teremana.com

Jose Andres G&T Fest
José Andrés’ ThinkFoodGroup kicks off their annual G&T Festival in NYC, DC and Miami at Jaleo, Mercado Little Spain, and The Bazaar. This celebration of spring and Spain’s favorite cocktail takes on new meaning this year, as each restaurant has partnered with Botanist Gin to support the Independent Restaurant Coalition, helping save restaurants across the nation. For every Botanist G&T sold from 4/9-4/29,  Botanist Gin will donate $5 to the IRC. Contributions will be doubled on International G&T Day (4/9). 480 7th Street NW; 202.628.7949;

NRG Provisions 
NRG Provisions has been busy sourcing some of Virginia’s finest and you can shop winning selections from the Virginia Governor's Cup, available at Planet Wine. Winners include the Barboursville Vermentino Reserve, Virginia 2019, Barboursville Octagon, Virginia 2016, Barboursville Paxxito, Virginia 2015, and more. 2000 Mt Vernon Avenue; 703.549.5051; nrgprovisions.com

NEW:  Pizza Paradiso
Sustainability-focused beer packs are currently available across all Paradiso locations for a limited time. The eco-friendly four-packs feature beers from breweries that have consistently focused on sustainable brewing practices and have launched reduced water consumption, solar power, and recycling programs. The featured packs include the Duvel Moortgat Brewery: Duvel Single Fermented [Belgian Golden Ale], Atlas Brew Works: The Precious One [Apricot IPA], North Coast Brewing Co, and more. 2003 P Street NW; 202.223.1245; eatyourpizza.com

NEW:  Silver lyan 
Silver Lyan is offering the Celebration of Spring Box from one of the world’s most acclaimed mixologists, Ryan Chetiyawardana (Mr. Lyan) and the SilverLyan team. The box includes Mr. Lyan’s cocktail creation, the Japanese Saddle, a bright savory sour, with Japanese gin and cognac, alongside leather bitters and an 'orgeat' made from wheat, barley and rye. The Celebration of Spring Box also features Mr. Lyan’s favorite Japanese beers, plus snacks that blend the cultures of America and Japan. 900 F Street NW; 202.788.2799;

Toastworthy has launched their new Tequila Truck Kit with decor items and margarita menu. This kit is great for birthday parties or neighborhood get-togethers. toast-worthy.com

NEW:  Wigle Whisky
Wigle has produced a limited batch, just 600 bottles, of its  Rhubarb Liqueur. Wigle recommends drinking the Rhubarb Liqueur with seltzer water as a spritz, creating a Rhubarb Sangria or pairing it in Gin. 2401 Smallman Street, Pittsburgh, PA; 412.224.2827; wiglewhiskey.com

NEW:  World Malbec Day
Dacha Beer Garden is celebrating World Malbec Day on April 17th, and they are offering the following wines by the glass, Bodega Catena Classic Malbec, Bodega Catena Zapata, La Consulta 2018, and more. 79 Potomac Avenue SE; 202.919.3800; dachadc.com